Book Review: Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline


Yesterday I finished Keep Quiet, the latest novel by one of my favorite authors, Lisa Scottoline. This book is about Jake, a father who’s looking to get closer to his son. Despite his good intentions, he makes a decision that could tear his family apart.

While I’ve only read a few of her books up to this point, this is easily my favorite novel by Lisa Scottoline. Right from the start I was asking myself, what would I do in this situation? And I cared about the welfare of the protagonist and his family the entire time. One of the reasons for this is because Scottoline does an excellent job of conveying emotion through her believable dialogue. She also knows how to ratchet up the tension by throwing seemingly insurmountable challenges in front of the protagonist, which kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end.

Speaking of the ending, there are a couple twists in the latter half of the book that caught me by surprise. And unlike some novels that leave readers with a bad taste in their mouths – I’m looking at you Gone GirlKeep Quiet features a satisfying conclusion that ties everything together nicely.

If you’re a fan of thrillers, mysteries or just well-told, unpredictable stories, read Keep Quiet. It’s Lisa Scottoline at her finest, which is something no one should pass up.

Book Synopsis

Jake Buckman’s relationship with his sixteen-year-old son Ryan is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jake goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater. On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road, and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes, and with Ryan’s entire future hanging in the balance, Jake is forced to make a split-second decision that plunges them both into a world of guilt and lies. Without ever meaning to, Jake and Ryan find themselves living under the crushing weight of their secret, which threatens to tear their family to shreds and ruin them all.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

  1. Tom Sawyer – Malibu, CA – Novelist, screenwriter, playwright Thomas B. Sawyer was Head Writer/Showrunner of the classic CBS series, MURDER, SHE WROTE, for which he wrote 24 episodes. Edgar and Emmy-nominated, Head Writer/Showrunner or Producer/Story Editor on 15 network TV series. He has written 9 series pilots, 100 episodes, both comedy and drama. He wrote/directed/produced the feature-film cult comedy, GOSH ALICE GOODBODY. His documentary film, REUNION, was honored by the New York Film Festival, the Rochester and Edinburgh Festivals, and received national theatrical release. Tom is co-librettist/lyricist of JACK, an opera about John F. Kennedy which, backed by the Shuberts, has been performed to acclaim in the US and Europe. He is publisher of STORYBASE 2.0 writer’s software. Tom’s book, FICTION WRITING DEMYSTIFIED, and STORYBASE software are Writer's Digest Book Club Selections. The best-selling mystery/conspiracy thriller, THE SIXTEENTH MAN, about JFK's assassination, is his first novel. His latest thriller is the best-selling NO PLACE TO RUN, the first novel to make the case that 9/11 was a conspiracy. He's taught writing at UCLA, at other colleges and universities, at numerous major writers conferences, and online at Screenwriters University.
    Tom Sawyer on said:


    Nice review of Lisa’s latest.

    Also, double-checking (NOT noodging): did you receive a copy of *CROSS PURPOOSES*?

    Best, Tom

    *CROSS PURPOSES The First Barney Moon Thriller!*

    • Yes I did, Tom. Thanks again for having it sent my way. I can’t wait to read it!

      On a related note, I’m going to email you shortly about meeting up at ThrillerFest.

      Talk to you soon!

  2. Michael, she’s one of my favorite authors and I have actually read all of her books. So happy to hear Keep Quiet is so good and I can’t wait until my local library tells me it’s ready for me to pick up!

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Amy. I really enjoyed this one and I think you will too. Let me know your thoughts on it when you’ve finished reading it.

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